Solving the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Puzzle

Through a comprehensive training needs analysis covering whom to train, when, how often, and to what standard, ICATEE has been able to define the training objectives and needs. There is no one, single place or environment where complete upset prevention and recovery training can be conducted. Integration of resources to fully address the challenge appears logical yet integration in and of itself is characteristically problematic in both standardization and quality assurance.

The instructor, the training curriculum, and the ability of the human pilot to piece these elements together in a logical manner will be the clue to cracking the code for all-round preparation to deal with the threat of loss-of-control. Learning to properly use automation, and to continue working in a team environment, are also key elements to effective UPRT.

As an industry, we must remain aware of the unique threat incorrect, or unmonitored, UPRT training poses to both pilots and the traveling public. Non-standardized and unmonitored UPRT training may limit the ability to better the LOC-I fatality rates. ICATEE is therefore strongly of the opinion that industry recommendations and solutions can only be initiated with proper structure. Attempting to mitigate the LOC-I threat incorrectly or half-heartedly would be much worse than doing nothing at all. The LOC-I cloud should dissipate through a properly-structured approach, rather than occlude the otherwise clear blue sky of safety that we commonly enjoy in civil aviation.

With the know-how and expertise of our highly talented membership, ICATEE is devoted to defining better upset prevention and recovery training. The urgency of coming with beneficial solutions and a mechanism for standardization is clear. By properly integrating academics, aerobatic aircraft training, and simulator training, commercial aviation will achieve the maximum reduction in LOC-I related accidents.

Integrated UPRT is also being embraced by major airlines. Recently, KLM Flight Academy announced it has mandated a module of UPRT to participants in its airline transport pilot program, using academics and aerobatic-capable aircraft provided through Phoenix-based APS Emergency
Maneuver Training
. Both organizations are ICATEE members.

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